Dumpling 1: I passed a convoy of these around Elie
The next time I saw them they were stopped on the Trans Canada just west of the 1st Ave turnoff into Brandon. I assume they were for the 18th Street bridge which is slowly taking shape in Brandon.
Dumpling 2: Another historic train station looking for a refit.
Since September 2008 Rivers has been the ONLY boarding station west of Portage la Prairie into eastern Saskatchewan. That certainly guarantees future rail traffic, small as it might be on the prairies. Right now they are using the shack ...er..."stationette" in VIA lingo (proving once again that giving something a French-sounding name does wonders !) ... that sat 15 or so kilometres north of Brandon that it's visitors were relegated to.
This one is the old station in Rivers, Manitoba and the town has an interesting plan.
The Rivers Train Station Restoration Project is looking to reopen the old train station for passengers and to have a couple of local businesses located there. They are also planning to use alternative energy to run the place. Given that they have traffic and that the station is just a block from the main drag in town this could be a neat little economic development project.
Dumpling 3: Speaking of train stations, Brandon's is still up for sale.
After a failed casino referendum a couple of years ago the station is still empty. That's a shame, though the costs of upgrades would be pretty hefty due to asbestos and the fact that for decades it was offices and a service centre, not a passenger station. With an asking price of $490,000 there's a lot of potential there !